When a friend of mine gifted me with an old walkman I was so excited.
I love them, the feeling of playing a tape in it is incredible (and maybe even a little bit romantic).
That player have also an internal AM/FM Radio and I tried to use it without success.
I was walking on the pathway near the A406 in London (that road is so noisy) and I decided to have the noise of the empty stations as a background instead of the one of the cars.
Walking with just a white noise in your headphones at a reasonable loudness is really strange and it gives you the feeling of being disconnected to everything around you.
The beautiful thing about an empty radio stations is that while you walk the radio is capturing interferences and the noise will change as long as you go right or left.
An empty station is in its peculiar way alive and changes according to you, it creates an interaction with your position and your movement, it creates a kind of connections with who’s listening to it.
I started to record random empty stations and to tweak the sound in a random way, there was no thinking while I was doing it, there was just me, the radio and a bunch of plugin to throw on the noise I recorded. I duplicated and reversed those sounds, layered them without using any kind of tempo reference and setting random pan and effects on each audio track. I’ve also decided to add effects straight away on the master channel because it was faster and random, even the effects settings were random.
I’m writing a small guide to explain what I’ve done in details to obtain this result. you’ll find the link here in the next weeks.